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Old Saturday 27th August 2005, 10:04   #1
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Who found the Whinchat ?

Went to my local patch yesterday early afternoon (Marsh Lane in Warwickshire).There was not an awfull lot around of any great interest and I only saw one wader a lone Common Sandpiper.The 2 Med. Gulls seen there earlier had gone.

As I made my round the site all the 5 birders I met asked me "Have you seen the Whinchat?" One had been seen briefly the day before.Of course I had,nt as I usually have to rely upon others to find birds for me.

As I walked back to my car having just locked the site entrance gate my keen birders eye (Ha Ha !) spotted something on a barbed wire fence in the field opposite.Using all the bushcraft I know (not much !) I got within 20 metres and focussed the bins and there it was the Whinchat.Allright it is not a great rarity but I was pleased because I had found it and it was a lifer.

I had watched it for about 15 mins as it caught insects when another birder joined me to see what I was looking at."Ha Ha" he said " I have been tracking this little beauty all over the site since mid morning.Great that,s a year tick for me". Only too pleased to help I thought.

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Old Saturday 27th August 2005, 15:48   #2
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Congratulations Max,every lifer is great but it is even better when you find it yourself,well done. All thebest Jihn.
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